“Our performance is led by Nicholas McGegan. And how does he describe the symphony we’re about to hear, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was all of nine years old?
“Of course it’s in the Italian style,” says McGegan, “but you can really hear Mozart in it, the young Mozart. It couldn’t have been by a different composer. It’s witty here and there and of course it’s elegant: Mozart learned a lot from Johann Christian Bach. But if Bach is a bit over-elegant, Mozart sounds a bit ruder, a little more daring.”